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“Pink Roses in My Garden” for Gina

Hello to you! I hope you’ve had a beautiful week. It’s been pretty nice here in northern Illinois. Spring is well underway.

Last Friday I paid a visit to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Springtime is so lovely at the gardens. Last year it was closed during the spring due to the pandemic. This year I, and many others, had the opportunity to see the daffodils, tulips, violas, buttercups, rhododendrons, and flowering trees of all kinds in bloom. I walked around the Landscape Garden to check on the status of my favorite–Convallaria majalis or lily of the valley. The plants were still mostly leaves with some little buds starting to emerge.

This past week I finished an ensemble for my Little Darling, Gina. Gina is enjoying her own floral wonders dressed in pink roses and a ‘light as air’ mohair embroidered cardigan.

If you’d like to see Gina’s ensemble in progress and also some scenes from my springtime visit to the Botanic Gardens you can watch my new YouTube video.

Wishing you a gorgeous weekend! What are you up to this weekend? I will be doing some sewing and creating. My Ann Estelle Sophie is next. Sending hugs! 🤗

“Happiest Springtime Blossoms”

Hi there! How are you? I hope you are doing great. All good at my end despite the rainy day today… and yesterday. However, up until Thursday it was a beautiful week weather wise.

With the rainy weather came motivation to get into my studio and get some embroidery done so that I could finish this ensemble for Lucy.

The cardigan for this ensemble had been languishing in my stash. It has a small imperfection; I pulled one of the mohair strands and it made a horizontal pull on the sweater. You might be able to see it on the right front near the bottom. It is fine for us here; with my memory I’m sure I’ll forget it’s even there.

Because the cardigan was already made I was able to get this ensemble put together without too much effort this week. Lucy loves it!

Lucy does hope you like her new look. She says it surely puts her in the springtime spirit even on these rainy days.

If you’d like to see this ensemble in progress I have included it in my latest YouTube video.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 💜🤗 Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

Daffodils Blooming Soon, But in the Meantime…

Last week while I was waiting for the daffodils to bloom in the garden, which for me is a sure sign that spring has arrived, I cut into a fat quarter of a small scale daffodil print and made a dress for my Little Darlings. I was able to purchase only one fat quarter of this fabric at a sale. Sadly I have no idea who the designer is, but it is the perfect scale for doll dresses. Does anyone recognize it?

When searching for the perfect yarn to knit the cardigan for this ensemble I tried yellows and orange yellows; the daffodils in the fabric seemed to get lost. I then tried this green and it made them pop, so green it was. The yarn is Knit Picks Comfy fingering weight pima cotton/acrylic in the honeydew color way. I used my sweater coat pattern, shortened it and made the sleeves three-quarter length.

The daffodil embroidery is created with three bullion stitches and then straight stitches for the petals. The stems and leaves are back stitches. I had some vintage bone beads in my stash; they felt a bit rustic and seemed to go nicely.

I used aged vintage cotton thread to crochet the cutting basket. It was very fine, #30, so I held two strands together. The handle is braided using 12 strands, and then it is hand sewn on. I didn’t have little daffodil flowers, so I made do by adding an orange bead to the centers of the yellow flowers that I did have. Not bad… it’ll work.

In case you are interested I have published a You Tube video showing “Daffodil Darling” in process.

Here’s another photo of Alice. By the way, this beauty is painted by Nelly Valentino.

Little Darling Alice by Nelly Valentino

How was the first week of the new season for you? We’ve had some nice weather here in northern Illinois–lots of sunny days and some warm ones as well. We are on a bit of a cloudy streak right now, but that’s okay, cloudy spring days are nice too. I am thankful winter is over and milder temperatures are now the norm.

Take care of yourselves, and thank you for stopping by today. 💛 I appreciate it so much! 🤗